From the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas to Merlefest in North Carolina, from the Ryman Auditiorium in Nashville to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Beppe Gambetta has made music grounded in American roots music and bluegrass but infused with elements of his native Italy. With his disarming smile and engaging personality, he demonstrates not only his impressive guitar technique but also his musical honesty and taste. After 11 CD and collaborations with the likes of Doc Watson, David Grisman, Norman Blake, and Dan Crary, Beppe Gambetta has cemented his reputation as one of the masters of the acoustic guitar.
Brooks Williams is a genre defying guitarist singer songwriter. It’s roots. It’s acoustic. He walks the line between blues and Americana, but there’s a bit of jazz and rockabilly thrown in for good measure. Imagine Doc Watson, Willie Nelson, Lonnie Johnson and Blind Boy Fuller sitting in a bar having a jam — and you’re just about there! He’s he proverbial triple threat: playing a fiery guitar, commanding a rich and silky voice, and writing hook-laden songs. The Statesboro, GA native has toured throughout the world including the USA, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Turkey, France, Italy, The Netherlands and Africa, and has 20 albums to his name. The San Antonio Light says that Williams is a “fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!” “He possesses a melodic virtuosity on the guitar that runs like liquid from his fingers...” (Irish Times). “Dazzling guitar work!” Acoustic Guitar
Eliza Gilkyson is a two time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza entered the music world as a teenager, recording demos for her father. Since then she has released 20 recordings of her own, and her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have been used in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. Eliza has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, XM Radio, Air America Radio and has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dan Fogelberg, as well as with the Woody Guthrie review, Ribbon of Highway-Endless Skyway, alongside the Guthrie Family, Jimmy Lafave, Slaid Cleaves, and special guests Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne and Kris Kristofferson. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in the company such legends as Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt and Nanci Griffith and is an ongoing winner of the Austin Chronicle’s various music awards, as well as Folk Alliance awards for Best Artist, Best Songwriter and Record of the Year.
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West Side Folk 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert with Tony Furtado
Come celebrate 20 years of West Side Folk with this special concert at the gorgeous Cider Gallery in the East Lawrence Arts District. (and with a bar for those of you who would like to indulge!) We're thrilled to have Tony Furtado play at this special event, which we are pricing at a discount over our usual ticket prices to encourage a big turnout for this celebration.
Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef (he’s also an accomplished sculptor, but that’s another story). All of the music of America is in Tony’s music. Relix hit the nail on the head when writing of Tony: “True talent doesn’t need categories.” A two time National Banjo Champion at the walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Tony then added slide guitar, singing and songwriting to his musical toolbox and began leading his own band.
Tony has performed throughout the world at top venues and appeared at such prestigious music festivals as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Jazz Aspen, Kerrville Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and countless others. “I love playing live,” he says. “All my energy is focused on the love of playing music and rolling with the moment. It’s a give and take from the audience to the stage, and back. And the music that is created is something that otherwise might not occur without that flow.”
The last time Mark Erelli graced the West Side Folk stage was in a duo with Jeffrey Foucault; a subsequent concert here fell victim to an ice storm. Considering how busy Mark's schedule is as a very in demand sideman, we are excited to get him back on the schedule so soon. Erelli has tackled everything from western swing and protest songs to lullabies and murder ballads, all in a richly expressive voice that Twangville.com heralds as “the male counterpart to Neko Case.” It is a journey that has taken Erelli from church basement coffeehouses to the main stage of the Newport Folk Festival, stopping briefly along the way to sing the national anthem at Fenway Park. Erelli also has a busy career as an in-demand multi-instrumentalist sideman. These days, fans are just as likely to find Erelli backing up Lori McKenna at the Grand Ole Opry, or Josh Ritter at London’s Royal Albert Hall, as they are to see a solo acoustic performance at venerable listening rooms like Harvard Square’s Club Passim. Some might see chasing both a timeless lyric and an exquisite lap steel guitar solo as mutually exclusive endeavors, but not Erelli. “Every time I accompany a great songwriter, I have the best seat in the house,” Erelli explains. “I see how these amazing artists connect with their songs and their audiences from a unique vantage point. For me, every sideman gig is a Master Class, and it makes me a better musician and songwriter.”
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